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Veirano Advogados

AV PRESIDENTE WILSON, 231, 25º ANDAR – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ 20030-021, BRAZIL
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Work +55 21 3824 4747
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Fax +55 21 2262 4247
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www.veirano.com.br
Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ ‘efficient’ team is appreciated for its ‘short response times’ and ‘thorough work’. It drew on its extensive cross-border financing expertise to advise JPMorgan Chase administrative agent on entering into a $1.5bn revolving credit agreement with borrower Alcoa. On the borrower side, it acted for TIM Brasil on a $150m financing extended by KfW IPEX-Bank, as facility agent, and Finnish Export Credit, as lender. Other clients include Banco Santander, Bank of China, Credit Suisse and HSBC. Practice head Marcelo Mattos is noted for his ‘excellent track record and expertise’, with Ana Carolina Barretto also recommended.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‘extremely engaged, available and professional’ team at Veirano Advogados saw an increased number of out-of-court restructurings during 2016, and remained active in judicial restructurings. Recent engagements include Sérgio Bronstein’s representation of Santander in Colombo’s extra-judicial reorganisation, and Gustavo Moraes Stolagli’s representation of several Japanese banks in the restructuring of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas. Ricardo Gama, senior counsel Cássio Cavalli and senior associate Eduardo Wanderley are recommended.

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Eduardo Wanderley - Veirano Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ capital markets team includes nine partners under the lead of Carlos Lobo and Lior Pinsky. While most of the team is based in Rio de Janeiro, Daniela Anversa joined the São Paulo office from Rabobank in January 2017. In the area of debenture issuances, the group acted both on the company side (such as for payment methods, identification systems and digital certification provider Valid on a sixth issuance, worth approximately R$200m) and on the bank side (such as advising Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Itaú BBA, Banco Santander and others on an issuance by UTC Participações’ and UTC Engenharia, worth approximately R$1.5bn).

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Noted for its ‘sound, reasoned advice’, Veirano Advogados has a diverse practice across merger filings and investigations into cartels and anti-competitive conduct. Pedro Garcia and Leonardo Maniglia Duarte represented Grimaldi Group in the Brazilian aspects of an international investigation into alleged cartel activity in maritime transportation. Duarte also took a lead role acting for Claro in its challenge to the joint venture between three open-TV channels in Brazil and in an alleged abuse of dominant position investigation into major telecoms companies. The highly experienced Mariana Villela is another key member of the team, and is well-versed in the field of anti-corruption and compliance.

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Leonardo Maniglia Duarte - Veirano Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has carved out a strong position for itself in the Brazilian M&A market, having had a hand in major transactions over a number of years. It has experience on the buy and sell side of diverse M&A deals, recently handling transactions in the energy, private equity, infrastructure and healthcare sectors, among others. Carlos Lobo and Lior Pinsky acted for State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) on its acquisition of a stake in CPFL Energia, marking the largest investment by a Chinese company in Brazil to date. Lobo also took a lead role in advising Prumo Logística on the sale of a 20% stake in Açu Petróleo to German company Oiltanking, working alongside Paula Surerus and a team of associates. Fábio Figueira and Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza co-head the corporate department, which is well established in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and has also been growing in Porto Alegre. Roberto Rudzit Neto is also recommended.

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Paula Surerus - Veirano Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Veirano Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Praised for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘consistently high-quality advice’, Veirano Advogados specialises in product liability and consumer litigation. In a highlight case, the group succeeded in substantially reducing damages claims filed by Indústria de Plásticos Pampa against its client Masterfoods concerning the release of particles at a production plant. Rosângela Delgado, Luiz Guilherme Migliora and José Carlos Wahle now co-lead the practice following Daniel Coelho’s departure to found Moreira Coelho Advogados Associados. Mateus Carreteiro, who focuses on arbitration, was promoted to the partnership in January 2017 together with Pedro Boueri Affonso de Almeida.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados regularly handles contamination matters, and has seen an uptick in administrative litigation. It represented Sandvik do Brasil in litigation filed by the public attorney’s office concerning the full remediation of a contaminated area, including the clean-up of deep underground water. The firm also acted for Oxbow Carbon in three cases filed by NGOs concerning pollution through petroleum coke, and represented Santos Brasil in an environmental class action regarding the chemical contamination of an area partially owned by Santos Brasil. The ‘very competentAna Luci Grizzi and senior associate Bibiana Carvalho Azambuja da Silva are the names to note.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados acts for a large portfolio of domestic and international companies from a range of industries, which turn to it for assistance on insurance policies and other insurance issues in the context of corporate and commercial transactions. Fábio Figueira heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Full-service firm Veirano Advogados has a large IP team with strong expertise in advertising, franchising, technology transfers and IT-related matters. It handles trade mark portfolios for clients such as Nadir Figueiredo and Jacob Douwe Egberts, and recently assisted NBA Properties in relation to ambush marketing matters. Practice heads Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira are also experienced in IP litigation.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ broad client base spans companies, associations, domestic industries, Brazilian importers and international exporters. Its trade remedies practice is buoyant, and it is also well-versed in trade proceedings in other jurisdictions, where it represents Brazilian interests in proceedings involving Brazilian exports. In one recent highlight, the firm represented Braskem in relation to the dumping sunset review regarding imports of polyvinylchloride suspension from the US and Mexico. The highly regarded Ana Caetano leads the practice, which includes Gustavo Boni dos Santos and Fernanda Kotzias.

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Ana Teresa Caetano - Veirano Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Gustavo Boni dos Santos - Veirano Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

The ‘extremely responsive and attentive’ team at Veirano Advogados is renowned for its work in the areas of compliance investigations, collective dismissals and contract negotiations, with transactional support another key strength. The ‘personable and reassuringLuiz Guilherme Migliora successfully defended Philip Morris in litigation filed by its former HR director seeking $3m compensation, including moral damages, following termination. The firm also assisted Queiroz Galvão in relation to strategic changes in its compensation structure. Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr. stands out for his ‘competence and depth in all areas’; Flávia Martins Azevedo provides ‘strategic advice for every situation’; and José Carlos Wahle is another name to note.

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José Carlos Wahle - Veirano Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Regularly involved in large infrastructure projects, Veirano Advogados acts mainly for sponsors, such as Banco Santander and the International Finance Corporation, but also advises some concession holders. The financing and construction of energy projects is an area of particular expertise. Ana Carolina Barretto and Pedro Freitas are the names to note.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ workload spans public tenders, administrative litigation and day-to-day public and regulatory matters. Senior counsel Marcos Ludwig has ‘an excellent capacity in forming and leading competent teams on any legal issue’. At associate level, Victor Jacuru attracts strong praise.

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Victor Jacuru - Veirano Advogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The two-partner team at Veirano Advogados is well-versed in a range of real estate transactions, with particular experience in the hotels and hospitality sector. As well as continuing to work with many of its longstanding clients, it picked up a number of new engagements from clients including BHG Hoteis and LSH Barra Hotel; a team led by Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo advised the latter on the development of Trump Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Elsewhere, Rodrigo de Castro has been advising Prumo Logística in relation to an electricity transmission line to supply the Porto do Açu region.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados saw an increase in demand for data privacy advice. Media and technology expert Fábio Pereira assisted Dell in the development of software, and advised Mastercard on the potential use of taxpayer registration numbers when accessing digital wallet accounts. Valdir Rocha and Robson Barreto are the names to note for telecoms matters.

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Fábio Pereira - Veirano Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‘excellent’ tax department at Veirano Advogados is highlighted for its ‘ability to adapt to the client’s culture and way of doing business’. In 2016 it saw a balance between tax litigation and non-contentious tax matters, where it acted for longstanding clients across numerous industries. Among a string of highlights, João Agripino Maia represented Companhia Energética do Ceará (Coelce) in administrative proceedings concerning social contributions on activities related to electricity distribution; and Marco Monteiro advised Microsoft on the tax aspects of the sale of its manufacturing facility in Manaus to Flextronics. The ‘proactiveMarcelo Reinecken and Abel Amaro are recommended.

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: shipping - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‘very responsive and thorough’ team at Veirano Advogados covers rail and maritime matters, and is particularly recommended for shipping finance. Marcelo Mattos and Otavio Carneiro are ‘efficient and knowledgeable’. The latter recently led advice to Bank of China on the $19m refinancing of two vessels.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados focuses on transactional and financing work, recently assisting development banks CAF and DEG in the $80m debt financing of a hydropower plant and transmission line jointly developed by Alupar Investimento and Peruana de Energía in Peru. In other work, it advised various international clients on regulatory matters. Ana Carolina Barretto and Tiago Figueiró are recommended. Roberta Bassegio left for Paul Hastings LLP in November 2015.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

In 2016, Veirano Advogados was active in M&A transactions, the acquisition of oil and gas assets, and the formation of joint ventures. It also has experience in auctions for exploration blocks and tender procedures for the procurement of products and services. Luis Fernando Pacheco is recommended.

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Luis Fernando Pacheco - Veirano Advogados

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

One of the most renowned teams in Brazil’s mining sector is Pedro Garcia’s group at Veirano Advogados, which is particularly experienced in M&A and private equity transactions in the sector. Garcia led negotiations on behalf of Centaurus for an earn-in agreement for gold and copper prospects forming the so-called Pará Exploration Package held by Terrativa Minerais. Another highlight was advising Luna Gold on entering into a joint venture with AngloGold Ashanti for the exploration and exploitation of mining targets in the state of Maranhão. Of counsel Carlos Americo Castro and the ‘strategic and precisePedro Freitas are also recommended.

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Carlos Americo Castro - Veirano Advogados

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